Focus on Teen Dating Abuse

Please join us on the Help To Hope Facebook page. Over the next two weeks, the focus will be on teen dating abuse.

What is teen dating abuse? Is it physical violence? Yes. But it’s so much more, encompassing emotional/verbal abuse, sexual, financial, and digital abuse … and more.

We will take some time to learn about all of these, as well as how parents can help their adolescents avoid abusive relationships in the first place.


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Would you recognize the warning signs of teen dating abuse? Do you need to help a teen you love formulate a safety plan? Do you know how to talk to your child about what a healthy relationship looks like?

Do you know that up to 1 in 3 (1 in 3!!!) teens experience dating abuse? Do you think that only females are victims, or that only those in heterosexual relationships experience this dysfunction and manipulation?

Like the Help To Hope Facebook page and learn about this important and far-reaching subject.

If you are in imminent danger because of an abusive relationship, call 911 (or whatever the emergency number might be for the country you live in).

If you are not in immediate danger, the websites listed below have resources and information about teen dating violence and abuse, as well as (U.S.) hotline numbers. Or you can join us on the Help To Hope Facebook page. (Did I mention that yet?)



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++ D.A.S.H. (Dating Abuse Stops Here)


++ Futures Without Violence

++ Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness


© Monica Simpson and Help To Hope, 2013

3 thoughts on “Focus on Teen Dating Abuse

  1. A huge percentage of my relationships have been emotionally abusive. It leaves a lasting mark. I have said before that I would have preferred if I had just been hit. It would have made more sense that the person was wrong.

  2. It leaves a very deep wound. I have been told by people who’ve been physically, sexually, and emotionally/psychologically abused that the emotional/psychological abuse is the worst of all. There is a much more concrete and identifiable ‘wrongness’ in physical acts of violence than in emotional acts of violence. That can make it harder to identify and harder to heal. And this goes for not only romantic relationships, but also parent-child relationships.

    Thanks for your thoughts,

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